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Page 16 text:
As usual, Alex said nothing. As soon as we again reached Ralph's off-
ice, he was swept up again in his workg so I left.
When I left Texas, I was determined to do a little exploring. I
had read an advertisement which told of, and showed pictures of Hull's
Dude Ranch in Nevada. I had a sneaking suspicion that the Ranch was
now run by Ann Hull. I flew over the state of Nevada sometime before
I located a building that announced itself as Ann Hull's Dude Ranch,
to all air traffic. I landed and inquired of the boy who took over my
plane, before I could find the owner. Following the boy's directions,
I went to the corral. Ann was then watching some of her Whandsu train-
ing horses. She hadn't changed a bit. Her position suited her and she
seemed extremely happy. Ann offered to give me
riding lessons and to
throw a big party for me if I would stay. However, I declined the off-
er, having other business to attend to. As Ann
and I were walking to-
ward the ranch, we encountered, among other people a rather large,
athletic woman. Ann said, niou remember Veronica Byrnes, don't you?N
I was surprised at finding NBonnieu in such a place and said as much.
They both expIained to me that WBonnien was Dean of Women at Penn State
and that she spent all her spare time at Ann's Dude Ranch. Reluctantly
I took my leave of two of my oldest friends.
I had always wanted to go to Hollywood and
time than the present. In Hollywood, I went to
up and coming actress, Edith McMillan, made her
looking over the set on which Boris Karloff was
picture. Mr. Karloff's stand-in was none other
there seemed no better
a Premier in which the
debut. Later I was
making a new horror
than my old school
mate, Robert Knapp. Bob informed me that he owned a ranch on which he
raised citrus fruits outside of Hollywood. He spent all his time there
when he wasn't working at the studio. Bob gave
me that if I went to this address, I would find
me an address and told
a big surprise. SUPP?-
ises intrigue me so I went to the address. It was an office of a big
producer. His private secretary was, of course, Virginia Rising. Nat-
urally, Ginny and I fell to talking on the common
days. I learned from her that Harriett Welch was
Belgian Congo. Cnce when Ginny's job interrupted
picked up a magazine and started glancing through
over the pages, I caught a glimpse of a face that
ground of our school
a missionary in the
our conversation, I
it. As I skinned
looked vaguely fam-
iliar. Recovering the place, I decided that the face belonged to How-
ard Palmer. He was advertising Arrow Shirts. Ginny confirmed my dec-
ision and said that Howard had a chance for a movie contract.
After spending a few more hours in Hollywood, I climbed into my
plane and headed North. Somewhere over the state of Montana, motor
trouble forced me to land in a small clearing in an isolated part of
the state. Upon landing, I had noticed something that looked like a
lookout tower. I left my plane and commenced to walk through the woods,
toward the tower. It was a good three mile walk and when I came out in-
to the clearing in which the tower stood, I was pretty well exhausted.
A few feet from the steel girders of the tower was a small cabin with
a lean-to kitchen. Smoke was coming from a dilapitated chimney prot-
ruding from the lean-to. I presumed that this was a Forest Ranger's
cabin. I knocked on the door and was confronted by Albert Will. After
recovering sufficiently from my surprise, I introduced myself to Albert,
as he d1dn't seem to recognize me. He remembered me instantly and made
me feel completely at home in his cabin. I told him my difficulty and,
after we had eaten a lunch which he had prepared, he set out to see if
he could fix my plane. Left to myself, I explored my surroundings.
From the pictures and news items covering the walls of the cabin, I
gathered that Albert had played professional football before becoming
Ranger. Sometime later Albert returned and said that the plane
was ready to fly. I thanked him for his kindness and set off for the
My tour next took me to Montreal. I landed at that Canadian City,
and began a tour of inspection. At a famous Concert Hall, I heard two
famous artists, brother and sister, whom I knew
very well. After the
concert, I went backstage and lauded John and Josephine Koenig for their
splendid work. John played the violin and Josephine sang Contralto.
We talked about the class of '39 of which John had been the President.
From Montreal, I flew Southeast to Boston,
where John and Jos-
ephine had told me I would find Faith Lohnas. Faith was running a
very famous bride's school. I promised Faith that if I ever decided
to get married, I would take a course at her school.
Page 15 text:
Trip l939l that I had great difficulty finding my way around. I walk-
ed for half an hour with no object in mind. I really hadn't noticed
the time as I had been so busy looking at modernized New York. I cont-
inued on.my way and suddenly came to a large black and white building
which bore the sign 'Cotton Club.n Two people were just standing,
looking at the door as if they expected it to open at any moment. I
walked up to them with the purpose of asking directions. WPardon me,u
I said, but that was as far as I got. The two people were none other
than Kilt and Buck. They told me that they were waitors here and were
waiting for someone to open the door for them so they could go in. I
asked them if they weren't afraid of losing their jobs but they said
it didn't matter if they lost their old Jobs. Conversing with them
further, I learned that Ralph Griffith was in Texas and I made a men-
tal note to stop there on my tour. After getting directions from the
boys, I opened the door for them and then continued on my way.
I went into one of the larger department stores. As usual I was
completely lost. I finally found the women's wardrobe dept. and was
cordially and warmly greeted by a charming girl who seemed to be the
head of the department. S e had striking blue eyes and ultra upsweep
hair do. It took me quite a few minutes to realize I was talking to
Helen Colwell. From her I learned that Janet Smith was at the head of
the style department in another large New York Store and that she
CJanetJ went to the Paris openings twice a year. Helen also said that
Janet often encountered there Mildred Sandford who was studying voice
culture in Paris. Consulting with Helen further, I learned that Eliz-
abeth Kehoe had her own exclusive dress shop on Fifth Avenue. I could
imagine that Beth was probably her own best model. I bought a becom-
ing l9bO made dress which Helen very efficiently helped me select, and
left the store after receiving directions to Beth's shoppe.
Arriving at Beth's Shoppe, I was escorted into Miss Kehoe's
private office by Margaret Shermeta, Beth's trim and efficient Private
Secretary. Beth was so much like her old self that I felt quite at
home, even though I was in the midst of ultra modern grandeur. We had
a grand time talking about Beth's lucrative business. However, it
wasn't long before we were reminiscing. I remembered that Beth and
Kathleen Huntley had been very good high school friends and so I in-
quired about Kit. It seems that she had realized her life long ambit-
ion and was running a beauty salon in Ilion. After being personally
conducted through Beth's shopoe, I returned to my hotel, gathered up
my few belongings, and started for my plane. I was going to continue
my tour of 1950.
I headed South with no purpose in mind. I passed several pass-
enger planes all of which were decorated by advertising. On several
of the ads on these planes I saw a very familiar face. On more cldsely
scrutinizing this ad, I recognized the face of Cecelia Christian. Her
natural curly eyelashes were advertising mascara and eye make-up.
As my plane was speedy and the time went fast, I was soon over
Miami, Florida. Never having seen this famous place, I decided to land
and look over the future of it. I spent a day and a night exploring
Miami. The one startling event that happened to me there, was my sur-
prising meeting with Earl Palmer. Earl was running a Drug Store and
was doing a very good business. I hadn't any intention of leaving the
United States, but Earl said that if I went to Havana, Cuba, I would
no doubt run into Joe Horan. As looking up the class of '39 was my
primary idea, I went to Cuba. There at the exact snot where Earl had
told me I would find him, was Joe Horan doing a Rhumba act in a Havana
night club. One couldn't miss that red hair. when Joe had finished
his act, he came over to my table, having recognized me before. He
told me that dancing was just a side line with him. His main business
was running a tobacco farm in the country. Joe was as nice and danced
as well as he had in l939.
I left Cuba that night and flew most of the night over the Gulf-of
Mexico. Just about dawn I landed in a small Texas oil town where I had
been told I would find Ralph Griffith. Sure enough, as I walked down
the street later in the day, I was confronted by a large sign which
boasted of Griffith's Oil Refinery. I found Ralph's private office.
Ralph was the exact picture of the industrious, prosperous, business
man. He personally conducted me on a tour of his refinery. We were
constantly accompanied by a tall, serious looking person. I didn't
notice him especially until Ralph called my attention to him. He was
Alex Cursh. He was Ralph's private secretary and also his bodyguard.
Page 17 text:
I had completed my circuit and so, began the last lap back to West
Winfield, In the Ilion Gorge, I set my plane down on a spacious air
landing field, which the owners of the Black and White had made for
air service. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Burnett were proprietors of the stand
Mrs. Burnett was formerly Marion Connor. These occurences did not
surprise me. Paul and Marion told me that Francis Brewer was married
and lived on a farm somewhere in North Winfield, They also told me
that if I visited the West Winfield Central School, I would find
Arlene Cole teaching students typing and accounting, and Ruth Rice
teaching Home Economics. I remembered that it was Arlene who had
typed the Class Prophecy after I had finished writing it back in 1939
I had witnessed the whereabouts of every member of the class,
except myself. However, I d1dn't have to see myself in 1950. I knew
what I would be doing then. I was pretty sure that I was in New York
doing Commercial Art work and singing as a sideline.
I took my rented plane back to the place where I had rented lt.
It seems that I had kept it much longer then the time I had rented lt
for. The owner of the plane was very angry. In fact, he was furious
In fact, he kicked me and I whirled through space and landed ln 1939
where I had left off.
Yes, clasp the parchment tightly these few hours
And learn to know ach1evement's haunting taste:
Roll triumph on your tongue before lt soursg
Do not rush with superficial haste
Through this experience. Be glad
And proud to hold the prize you struggled for,
Believe there's nothing further to be had
--That you will be content forevermore.
Believe it till you wake some sudden dawn,
When all the world's ablaze with sunlight fire
To find that poor illusion strangely gone
Before the splendor of a new desire.
In silence you will lay this scroll away,
And that will be your Graduation Day.
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